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To Mr Bullen is due the credit of having set the example in Scotland of a more artistic system of displaying the various subjects sent either for exhibition or competition than has hitherto prevailed; and by this means he produced a very pleasing effect, by placing on banks of green turf plants, that, if set on naked wooden tables, as we too often see them in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and other places in Scotland, would have had a meagre enough appearance.
In Mr Methven's collection, which was placed second, there were also some very fine dishes of fruit; his Queen Pine was exceedingly good. Mr Miles, gardener to Lord Carrington, was first with Pines, splendid examples of Prickly and smooth-leaved Cayennes. Mr M'Connachie, gardener, Cameron House, sent for exhibition only a splendid stand of Grapes, three bunches of Black Hamburg, and three of Buckland Sweetwater. So highly did the judges think of them that they made them a special award.
The Poses from Messrs Dickson of Belfast were here, as they were at Edinburgh, one of the chief attractions of the exhibition.
The Botanical Society of Glasgow deserve the special thanks of all interested in Horticulture for the liberal prizes they offered on the occasion, and we trust they will not let the recent one be the only exhibition of the kind they will hold. In Mr Bullen they have a curator who, by his quiet gentlemanly conduct on the occasion, obtained the highest commendation both from exhibitors and judges. His arrangements for every department of the exhibition reminded us of those Mr Marnock used to develop on a wider field in the Regent's Park years ago, and this is perhaps the highest compliment we could pay him.
We believe there is to be a splendid conservatory erected in the gardens forthwith, where such exhibitions can be held on a large scale; and we trust the Society will turn it to account, in this as in other directions, both for its own and the public good.
Largest and best collection of plants, arranged for effect, in or out of flower - 1. J. Sorley, gardener to John Russell of Mayfield, Falkirk; 2. J. & R. Thyne, Woodside Nursery, Glasgow; 3. William Dickson, gardener to Thos. Coats of Ferguslie, Paisley.
Two Tree Ferns - 1. Mrs M. A. Clark, Windsor Terrace, Glasgow; 3. John M'Nab, gardener, Trinidad Villa, Govan.
Four Palms, distinct species - Peter Mackenzie, Gordon Street, Glasgow.
Four Dracaeuas or Cordvlines, large specimen plants - Peter Mackenzie.
Largest and best collection of fruit fit for table - 1. George Johnston, gardener to the Earl of Strathmore, Gla-mis Castle; 2. John Methven, gardener to Colonel Campbell of Blythswood.
Largest and best collection of Vegetables - Robert Hetherington, gardener, Lanfine, Newmilns.
Largest and best collection of cut Roses in variety, single trusses (with foliage) - 1. Alex. Dickson & Sons, nurserymen, Newtonards, Belfast; 2. Wm. Parlane, gardener, Roselee, Row; 3. Robertson & Galloway, Ingram St., Glasgow.
Twelve specimen Ornamental Foliaged Geraniums - 1. Neil Campbell, gardener, Holmwood, Cathcart; 2. J. Smith, gardener, Hillhead House, Glasgow; 3. T. Stobo, Hutchesontown Gardens, Glasgow.
Twelve specimen Zonale Geraniums in flower - 1. Neil Campbell; 2. D. Coghill, 4 Rope-Work Lane, Glasgow; 3. James F. Mills, Hutchesontown Gardens.
Twelve Fuchsias (varieties) - Robert Blair, gardener, Eglinton House, Lang-side.
Six Stove or Greenhouse Plants, remarkable for the beauty of their foliage (Geraniums excluded) - Robert Blair.
Three Stove and Greenhouse Plants, remarkable for the beauty of their foliage - 1. J. M'Nab; 2. Wm. Robertson. Three trained Petunias, varieties - John M'Nab.
Three pots Lilium auratum - John Smith.
One Tree Fern - 1. Joseph Fleming, gardener to J. C. "Wakefield, Eastwood Park; 2. John M'Nab.
One specimen Todea superba - Mrs M. A. Clark.
Four Cockscombs - 1. G. Robertson, gardener, Woolrich, Greenock; 2. R. Kerr, Eldon Street, Greenock.
Twenty-four Blooms Dahlias, varieties - 1. John Finlay, gardener to D. Dalziel, Newtonards, Belfast; 2. Neil Glass, gardener, Carbrook; 3. James Orr, Ladyburn, Greenock.
Twelve Blooms Dahlias, varieties - 1. J. Findlay; 2. John M'Nab; 3. Neil Glass.
Twelve Blooms Hollyhocks, varieties - John Finlay.
Twelve Blooms Pansies, varieties - 1. T. Peacock, Fallside, Paisley; 2. W. D. Logan, Kilbirnie; 3. M. Reid.
Twenty-four Blooms Dahlias, varieties - 1. Alex. Dickson & Sons; 2. George White, nurseryman, Paisley.
Twenty-four Blooms Pansies, varieties - 1. George White; 2. Matthew Reid.
Two Pine - Apples - 1. George F. Mills, gardener to Lord Carrington.
Two bunches Black Grapes - 1. George Johnston; 2. Angus M'Intyre, Partick.
Two bunches White Grapes - 1. George Johnston; 2. Angus M'Intyre.
One Melon (best flavoured) - 1. G. Watson, gardener, Woodburn, Greenock; 2. Graham M'Culloch, Ardwell Gardens, Stranraer; 3. Wm. Parlane.
Six Peaches - 1. Graham M'Culloch; 2. John J. Cumming, gardener to Pro-vost Morton, Greenock; 3. W. Fleming.
Brace of Cucumbers - 1. George Robertson; 2. Robert Hetherington; 3. Graham M'Culloch.
A Table Bouquet - 1. Peter Fox, Victoria Gardens; 2. Hugh Campbell, Burnbrae; 3. John M'Nab.
A Hand Bouquet - 1. G. Bainbridge, Rutherglen; 2. Robert Arrol, Helensburgh; 3. Joseph Anderson, Rutherglen.
A Floral Design - 1. John Sim, gardener, Greenhead House, Govan; 2. Robert Allison, Alexandria, Dumbarton; 3. John M'Nab.
Botanical Prize, 300 species and varieties of British Plants exhibited as dried specimens, named and mounted (Ferns excluded) - 1. Thomas Hogg, gardener to D. Tod of Ironbank, Par-tick; 2. John Stewart, M'Niel Street, Glasgow; 3. James Wyllie, 203 Thistle Street, Hutchesontown.
Collection of Vegetables - 1. Wm. Robertson; 2. Walter Shearer, Paisley Road, Glasgow; 3. Jos. Anderson.
Twelve Onions - 1. Joseph Anderson; S. W. Shearer.
Two heads Celery - 1. Joseph Anderson; 2. Walter Shearer.
Best collection of Potatoes, varieties - 1. Thomas Gumming; W. Shearer.
Two Cabbages - 1. Thomas Anderson; 2. Walter Shearer; 3. W. S. Bookless, Albert Drive, Crossbill.
Three Leeks - 1. Walter Shearer; 2. Peter Fox: 3. Joseph Anderson.
Two Cauliflowers - 1. Joseph Anderson; 2. Wm. Robertson; 3. W. S. Bookless.
A special certificate was awarded to George White, Ladyburn Nursery, for one dark self seedling Pansy.
James M'Connachie, Cameron House, received a special award for six bunches fine-grown Black and White Grapes.
Messrs Smith & Simons, seedsmen, Howard Street, received a special award for exhibition of seeds, plants, and implements.
W. H. Hilton, Liverpool, was commended for his new patent grass-border cutter, for horticultural purposes.
Messrs Campbell & Stewart, Wilson Street, Glasgow, were commended for their American Archimedean lawn-mowers.
Messrs Smith & Co., Sun Foundry, were highly commended for their exhibition of vases, chairs, and fountains.
Messrs Henry Field & Sons were highly commended for their exhibition of garden-chairs, etc.
The Springbank Chemical Company were specially commended for black paint.
Andrew M'Lachlan, Greenock, received a first-class certificate for his new patent verge-cutter.
J. Jaques, Dublin, was commended for his bog-oak carvings.
Wm. Dempster, Stirling Road, Glasgow, was commended for his exhibition of rustic garden-chairs.
The Elm Grafted on the Hornbeam.
We lately paid a special visit to Lord Peter's seat, near Brentwood, Essex, to see the Elms grafted on the Hornbeam, which were lately the subjects of remark in the horticultural press, and found that there are about a dozen of them close together in a row. Some are grafted near the ground, others about 3 and 4 feet high. The thickest is 3 feet in circumference, and the Hornbeam stock has kept pace in growth with the Elm grafts.